Cobb County NAACP bus leaving in 5 minutes. #marchonwashingtonajc
Excitement was so high that the Cobb County NAACP had to order an additional bus. Onward to Washington. #marchonwashingtonajc
Deane Bonner, president of the Cobb County NAACP
"I think this is wonderful. This has been a lot of hard work, but it is well worth it. History is being made here today. And look at all the young people. Another King could be on this bus." Deane Bonner. President of the Cobb NAACP. #marchonwashingtonajc
Original marchers had shoeboxes of food. Cobb NAACP gave bags of water, apples, chips & nabs. #marchonwashingtonajc
Rick and Alfred are the bus drivers. Rick tells us the bus is running hot. Gotta get another bus..
The bus rules are being read. Keep iPod music turned down. No drinking. No smoking. PG movies will be shown. Nothing illegal.
Roll call. Robert Redford is on the bus. So is Ester WILLIAMS and Nancy Wilson. Not the ones you are thinking about, but 54 people are on the bus on the way to D.C. For march on Washington . #marchonwashingtonajc
Logistical update. So at 8:30 pm, we arrive at bus yard in East Point FROM Marietta to get a new bus. Everyone seems cool with it. Better this than get stranded on the side of the road in South Carolina. #marchonwashingtonajc
President Bonner says a prayer. "Grant us safe travel and grace. Separately, we won't make it, but together we will make this journey in unity." #marchonwashingtonajc
One of the bus marshals believes that "God is slowing us down for a reason." She goes to the back and snags a slice of pizza. #marchonwashingtonajc
The transfer is almost complete. We are all on the new bus. It is hot, but Rick said the a/c will kick in soon. Just like '63. #marchonwashingtonajc
9:20 pm. The bus is moving. 2 hours and 20 minutes behind schedule. Nobody seems upset about the delay.
Bus is moving. Rick was right. It is getting cooler
People are coming to the mic to tell why they are going to Washington. Mary is tired of her civil liberties being taken. Dr. Rad wants everybody to commit to making the country better. LaTonya. 22, wants to be part of history. She is rocking a black Trayvon t-shirt. Jeff is fighting for a 50-state voting rights act to protect the right to vote. Zaria's mother made her come. She is missing her high school football game. But she is excited to learn new things. #marchonwashingtonajc
Somebody almost snuck The Beyonce movie "Obsession" in. But someone said it might not be appropriate for kids. Hmmmm. #marchonwashingtonajc
We are watching "To All My Friends on Shore." A 1972 movie starring Bill Cosby and Gloria Foster. I have never heard of this movie. But it looks better than "Leonard Part 6," and "Ghost Dad." #marchonwashingtonajc
I am signing off now. We are on the road to Washington to observe the March on Washington. The AJC will be providing full coverage from Ernie Suggs, Angela Tuck, Monica Richardson & Kent Johnson, who has already shot some amazing photos. Follow us on AJC.com an myajc.com. If you at the march and see something, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. #marchonwashingtonajc
Almost in D.C. who is in Washington for the march? Why was it important for you to come?
In Washington, D.C. at the Grand Hyatt Hotel where the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is holding its national convention. Did you know the SCLC was formed in 1957. The success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott lead to the group's formation. Its mission at that time was in part to stir the consciousness of Christians through non violent social change. The Rev. Martin Luthet King Jr. Was SCLC's first president. #MarchonWashingtonajc
We are somewhere in South Carolina for gas. Almost there. #marchonwashingtonajc
Good morning from the road. 51 miles from DC. #marchonwashingtonajc
At 6 a.m. Saturday the lobby of the Grand Hyatt is abuzz with members of the National Urban League and the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity wearing their black and gold tshirts. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Was a member of this fraternity as is my colleague Ernie Suggs. At 7 a.m., around 400 marchers gathered on H Street carrying signs, pushing strollers and some were on walkers. It clear already that today's march will include lots of wide-eyed jg abd excited young narchers.
It's sunny and warm in Washington today. Does anyone know what the weather was like for the 1963 march? I was 4 then so I don't remember. I started the morning watching Dr. King's speech on You Tube. It was about 20 minutes long and he built it slowly, finishing with the cadence of a southern Baptist preacher. Does anyone remember the leader and then elder statesman who introduced Dr. King that day? Extra points if you can tell me his role in the historic march. #Action4theDream #Marchonwashingtonajc
The metro is a good indication of how big today's crowds will be today in Washington. Thousands jam the exit points at the start of today's event about to kick off. Follow the AJC for your coverage through local eyes. #marchonwashington #marchonwashingtonajc
The Mall is in sight. #marchonwashingtonajc
Introduction: " long before President Obama there was Julian Bond. Said Bond: Dr. King didn't march alone..." #marchonwashingtonajc #marchonwashington
Jesse Jackson Sr: "keep dreaming! Keep hope alive!"
A parade of speakers representing the Links, Planned Parenthood, the NAACP legal defense fund and Vote to Latino are interpreting the ideals of Dr. King and the movement for civil rights. #marchonwashingtonajc #marchonwashington
John Lewis: we cannot give up, we cannot give in...stand up, speak out and get engaged! #marchonwashingtonajc
Martin Luther King III: "the task is not done, the duty is not complete, we can and we must do more." Calls on a repeal of stand your ground laws. #marchonwashingtonajc #marchonwashington
Martin Luther King III: America needs a new march plan. ...No more senseless Newtowns and Columbines...#marchonwashingtonajc
The best comment overheard at the march came from a man selling framed photos: "Martin Luther King and President Obama together for one dollar."